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The State of NoVa: July, 2011

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 07/11/2011

In Skyline, an outpost for immigrants from Africa, Middle East (UPDATE: These chairs are GONE)

A Starbucks coffee shop near Baileys Crossroads and Falls Church has a devoted clientele that knocks down the triple lattes and chatters morning, noon and night about distant places.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:15 PM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Falls Church | Tags:  Skyline Starbucks, Virginia

Posted at 04:30 AM ET, 07/05/2011

Fairfax City’s Lanier Middle School given national ‘green’ award

Out of more than 500 schools nationwide striving to preserve and protect the environment, Lanier was one of only three to be recognized by the National Wildlife Federation.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:30 AM ET, 07/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax City, Schools | Tags:  Lanier Middle School, Virginia

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 07/01/2011

McLean singer Chelsea Lee still on star trajectory

She’s got a classic pop female voice, a record deal with Atlantic Records, and the attention of the music industry’s top ears. On Saturday, she turns 20 and opens for Rosanne Cash at the Birchmere.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 07/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  McLean, Music | Tags:  Chelsea Lee, Virginia

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/30/2011

Loudoun deputy prosecutor takes over in Fauquier

Jim Fisher had already announced he was running for the commonwealth’s attorney’s job in Fauquier County, but when the incumbent resigned he was appointed to take the job in the interim.

By Tom Jackman  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Loudoun County, Courts | Tags:  Jim Fisher, Virginia

Posted at 12:15 AM ET, 06/30/2011

Alexandria’s Hamp Townsend, ‘Mayor of Old Town,’ has bizarre end to fun-filled life

Hamp Townsend was a hugely popular figure in Alexandria. But when he died suddenly in Fairfax County, police couldn’t locate anyone who knew him.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:15 AM ET, 06/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  Hamp Townsend, Virginia

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 06/28/2011

Fairfax police fire officer in David Masters killing

Officer David Scott Ziants, who shot and killed the unarmed motorist David Masters on Route 1 in 2009, was fired for violating the Fairfax police policy on use of deadly force.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:59 AM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Crime, Mental Health, Police

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 06/28/2011

Loudoun has big water, sewage issues ahead

Plenty of areas in America’s richest county, even the more recently developed communities, have serious problems with water quality or sewage service.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:30 AM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Loudoun County | Tags:  Loudoun County water, Virginia

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 06/27/2011

Arlington has 2nd highest average wages in U.S.

The average job in Arlington pays $102,373, new labor statistics show. Fairfax County is ranked 10th in the country, and Alexandria is 11th.

By Tom Jackman  |  02:03 PM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County | Tags:  Arlington wages, Virginia

Posted at 04:50 AM ET, 06/27/2011

Northern Virginia and the rise of rock-and-roll

Local documentarian and cultural historian Jeff Krulik put together a look back at NoVa’s place as rock-and-roll’s greats rolled through in the early days.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:50 AM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music, NoVa, Alexandria, Media | Tags:  Northern Virginia rock, Virginia

Posted at 07:32 PM ET, 06/21/2011

Fairfax Beltway sex case: The rest of the story

Did Salem Trad really have sex on the Beltway at 85 miles per hour, and then drunkenly crash into cabdriver Abdu Omar? Here’s the full story.

By Tom Jackman  |  07:32 PM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Woodbridge, Fairfax County | Tags:  Beltway sex case, Salem Trad, Abdu Omar, Virginia

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 06/21/2011

Fairfax ‘Beltway sex’ jury awards $22,000 to cabbie

Salem Trad claimed he couldn’t have been driving when a Beltway crash happened because he was engaged in a sex act in the back seat. A Fairfax County jury apparently disagreed.

By Tom Jackman  |  01:18 PM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County | Tags:  Beltway sex, Salem Trad, Virginia

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 06/20/2011

Trial starts in Fairfax #beltwaysex case

Tom Jackman tweets from the court on a lawsuit about a crash on the Beltway last year — in which the defendant was allegedly driving at 85 miles per hour while drunk and having sex with a woman “partially or totally in the backseat of the car.”

By Washington Post staff  |  12:32 PM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County | Tags:  Beltway sex, Virginia

Posted at 09:38 PM ET, 06/19/2011

Loudoun school principal eats stink bug tacos — and lives

Hilllsboro Elementary School principal Dave Michener asked his students to read 20 minutes a night for the entire school year. They did, and he rewarded them by eating about the most disgusting thing you can imagine.

By Tom Jackman  |  09:38 PM ET, 06/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Loudoun County, Schools | Tags:  Dave Michener, stink bug tacos, Virginia

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 06/19/2011

Clarence Clemons, 1942-2011

Virginia native Clarence Clemons was the saxophone soul of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:03 PM ET, 06/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music | Tags:  Clarence Clemons, Virginia

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 06/16/2011

Tysons Corner: Now in Washington, D.C., Mattel says

Thousands are expected for the grand opening of the new American Girl store in Tysons Corner Center, which Mattel repeatedly informs its fans is in Washington, D.C.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:36 PM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Tyson's Corner | Tags:  American Girl, Virginia

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 06/16/2011

Fairfax reduces its homeless population, even in recession

Their plan included creating an office to end homelessness and building partnerships with groups already battling the problem.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:55 PM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County | Tags:  Fairfax County homelessness, Virginia

Posted at 10:27 PM ET, 06/15/2011

On the Beltway, a claim of drunken sex at 85 mph

A cab driver alleges his cab was struck by a drunk driver who was also having sex at the time. The drunk driver denies that he was the driver. So does the girl. So does the OTHER guy in the car.

By Tom Jackman  |  10:27 PM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County | Tags:  Beltway sex, Virginia

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 06/15/2011

Fairfax County tops the nation in male life expectancy

A new county-by-county study of average life expectancy in America has Fairfax County rated number one for guys. So have a cigar! Or not.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:27 AM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County | Tags:  long life expectancy, Virginia

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 06/15/2011

Prince George’s studies luring Redskins from Ashburn

The Redskins have been headquartered in NoVa for 40 years. Now, Prince George’s County is making a play for the ‘Skins to relocate. Is that even a close call?

By Tom Jackman  |  05:30 AM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Ashburn, Sports | Tags:  Redskins relocation, Virginia

Posted at 04:45 AM ET, 06/15/2011

Fairfax City visited twice by UFOs, UFO guy says

Twice last month, witnesses saw something in the sky for more than two hours. They reported it to the Mutual Unidentified Flying Object Network, which takes these matters very seriously.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:45 AM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax City | Tags:  UFOs, Virginia

Posted at 04:50 AM ET, 06/14/2011

UPDATE: Norm’s Beer and Wine will stay in Vienna

The small but friendly store in Vienna was threatened with closure when a new grocery prepared to move in. But The Fresh Market has responded to community protests and will let Norm’s stay.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:50 AM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Vienna | Tags:  Norm's Beer and Wine, Virginia

Posted at 04:45 AM ET, 06/14/2011

Ken Beatrice still behind the microphone in NoVa

The King of Sports Talk Radio in DC in the 1970s and 1980s has settled in Haymarket and reads scripture to Catholic churches throughout Northern Virginia.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:45 AM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Media, NoVa, Prince William County | Tags:  Ken Beatrice, Virginia

Posted at 04:50 AM ET, 06/13/2011

Beloved Herndon gardener Margaret Thomas dies

On little more than five acres on Lawyers Road outside Reston, Margaret Thomas created an iris garden that attracted national attention. But after her passing, its future is unclear.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:50 AM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Herndon | Tags:  Margaret Thomas, Virginia

Posted at 04:45 AM ET, 06/13/2011

Alexandria boxer Tony Suggs’s amazing, heartbreaking tale

Tony Suggs was an accomplished lightweight boxer on the verge of the Olympics. Family turmoil and drugs brought him down. Now he’s trying to keep his sons from making the same mistakes.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:45 AM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Sports

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 06/10/2011

Arlington Testicle Festival is real, all-you-can-eat

Hundreds of people will gather Saturday at the Arlington American Legion hall to eat fried bull testicles. America!

By Tom Jackman  |  04:11 PM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County | Tags:  Testicle Festival, Virginia

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 06/10/2011

In Aldie, a tragedy averted serves as a timely reminder

No harm was done to the 1-year-old baby on the steaming Wednesday night, but it serves as a useful reminder: DON’T LEAVE YOUR KIDS IN THE HOT CAR.

By Tom Jackman  |  01:12 PM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Loudoun County | Tags:  kids in hot cars, Virginia

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/10/2011

Lake Braddock Band’s Roy Holder steps down

Roy Holder led the Lake Braddock Band to 30 consecutive years of superior ratings, an unmatched streak in Virginia. His final concert at the Burke school is Saturday night.

By Tom Jackman  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Schools, Fairfax County, Music | Tags:  Ron Holder, Lake Braddock Band, Virginia

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 06/09/2011

Hot? Go stand under this waterfall in Great Falls

There’s a great waterfall in Scott’s Run Nature Preserve in Great Falls that might come in awfully handy on these 98-degree days.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:14 PM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Great Falls | Tags:  Scott's Run Nature Preserve, Virginia

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 06/09/2011

Merrifield man provided karaoke companionship

What’s so wrong with providing lonely Korean men with someone to cheer them on while they sing some horrible version of an Elvis Presley song? Well, you need to be in the country legally, immigration authorities say.

By Tom Jackman  |  01:11 PM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Annandale, Nightlife, Crime, Immigration | Tags:  Taesan Won, noraebangs, Virginia

Posted at 06:46 PM ET, 06/08/2011

Obama back at NoVaCoCo, wants college credit

President Obama made his third appearance at Northern Virginia Community College in less than three months Wednesday, possibly looking ahead to Virginia’s importance in the 2012 election.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:46 PM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria | Tags:  President Obama, Northern Virginia Community College, Virginia

Posted at 04:50 AM ET, 06/08/2011

Jeff Bridges returns to Arlington (Road) to fight hunger

The actor is a long-time advocate for ending child hunger, and he appeared at Barcroft Elementary School along with Gov. Bob McDonnell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:50 AM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County, Schools | Tags:  No Child Hungry, Jeff Bridges, Virginia

Posted at 04:45 AM ET, 06/08/2011

Alleged Dale City cat murderer to enter plea

Robert McGuire was arrested for allegedly decapitating his family’s cat in March, Prince William police said in court records, and now he is scheduled to plead guilty.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:45 AM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Prince William County, Crime | Tags:  Robert McGuire, Virginia

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 06/07/2011

NoVa job training program a roaring success

Training Futures, a joint program between Northern Virginia Family Service and Northern Virginia Community College, has a high success rate at not only retraining adult workers but placing them in quality jobs.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NoVa, Northern Virginia Community College | Tags:  Training Futures, Virginia

Posted at 04:45 AM ET, 06/07/2011

Alexandria’s Ron Rust retires after 41 years at Boys and Girls Club

Ron Rust didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life when he signed on to the Alexandria Boys Club in 1970. He never left, and he became an Alexandria institution.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:45 AM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  Ron Rust, Boys and Girls Clubs, Virginia

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 06/06/2011

Herndon invaded by West Coast mob (of dancers)

A flash mob of West Coast-style swing dancers did their thing at the Herndon Festival Friday night, and no violence was reported from any feuds with East Coast-style swing dancers.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:37 PM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Herndon | Tags:  Herndon Festival, Virginia

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 06/06/2011

Clifton Elementary School parents lose Supreme Court appeal

The Virginia Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by parents of students at Clifton Elementary School, meaning the school will likely close for good June 21.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:31 PM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Schools | Tags:  Clifton Elementary School, Virginia

Posted at 04:50 AM ET, 06/06/2011

Ken Cuccinelli wants Dulles rail to die

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli told WMAL on Friday that the Dulles rail project is an economic boondoggle that should be killed, and that he would challenge any project labor agreements.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:50 AM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Dulles International Airport | Tags:  Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia

Posted at 04:45 AM ET, 06/06/2011

Herndon High School teacher flies in airborne observatory

Astronomy teacher Mary Blessing was one of six teachers nationwide chosen to fly on SOFIA, a modified 747 with a gigantic, high-powered infrared telescope.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:45 AM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Herndon, Schools | Tags:  Mary Blessing, SOFIA, Virginia

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 06/03/2011

Judge cuts Linda Tribby a break, imposes lighter sentence

Though federal sentencing guidelines recommended that Loudoun banker Linda Speaks Tribby spend eight to 10 years in prison for stealing $14 million from her customers, a federal judge thought that was too much, and imposed a seven-year term.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:43 PM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 06/03/2011

NoVa parks authority teaches lifeguards discredited Heimlich maneuver (UPDATE: Authority discards Heimlich)

The Heimlich maneuver, widely denounced as inappropriate for drowning victims, is still taught by one company, which trains lifeguards at five Northern Virginia waterparks.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:40 PM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NoVa, Sports | Tags:  Heimlich maneuver, drowning, NVRPA, Virginia

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 06/02/2011

Linda Tribby, Loudoun’s Bernie Madoff, says she’s sorry

Before being sentenced, Linda Speaks Tribby admits she stole $14 million from her bank clients.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:23 PM ET, 06/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Loudoun County, Crime | Tags:  Linda Tribby, Virginia

Posted at 04:50 AM ET, 06/02/2011

Alexandria: 2nd best-read city in U.S., or just Amazon.com’s 2nd best customer?

Alexandria placed second in Amazon.com’s list of America’s “Most Well-Read Cities.” But it’s more likely just a list of who buys the most books from Amazon.com.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:50 AM ET, 06/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Arlington County | Tags:  well-read cities, Virginia

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 06/01/2011

Alexandria battles Arlington for National Science Foundation

Alexandria swiped the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from Arlington, and look what they built. Now they’re trying to lure the prestigious National Science Foundation out of Ballston.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  National Science Foundation, Virginia

 

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